Valley Spots in Kagoshima Area

  • Shiratani Unsui-kyo Gorge
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    Kagoshima Pref. Kumagegunyakushimachou Miyanoura
    This is a ravine located on the Shiratani River, a tributary of the Miyanoura River flowing in the northern part of Yakushima. At an elevation of 620 meters, this is situated at a transition zone from evergreen forest to Yakusugi (a type of Japanese cryptomeria or cedar) forest, and here visitors can see Yayoisugi and stout Yakusugi with an estimated age of 3,000 years, and splendid waterfalls cascading through openings in granite builders can be seen at every turn. This is a magical old growth forest that reportedly served as the model for the animated film Princess Mononoke, and visitors will enjoy the mountain streams weaving through the natural beauty.
  • Sarugajo Gorge Michi no Eki Tarumizu
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    Kagoshima Pref. Tarumizushi Shinmidou 1344-1
    This nature experience facility adjacent to Sarugajo Gorge is located at the base of the Takakuma Mountains inside a prefectural natural park. It is equipped with heated and air-conditioned cottages, a cooking pavilion, multipurpose conference rooms, a workshop, and other facilities. Visitors can enjoy activities such as exploring the lush nature around the gorge or canyoning in the summer (reservation required).

    巨大な岩がゴロゴロしている清流に沿って遊歩道が整備され、近くには財宝温泉、売店、喫茶店もありました。残念だったのは遊歩道や釣り橋が災害のため所々通行止めになっていたことです。早い時期の復興を願います。

  • Kirishima Shinsui Gorge
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    Kagoshima City Kagoshima Prefecture Kirishima Taguchi 899-42010
    A gorge located close to the Kirishima Jingu Onsenkyo hot spring village. Largely untouched by humankind, the gorge is colored by an abundance of lush, wild plants, giving it a mystical atmosphere. A walking path starting at the Kirishima City Tourist Information Center circles the gorge, and those walking the path can enjoy the beauty of the gorge itself as well as geological formations like column-shaped joints and the Kirishima Shrine lava rock. Various points along the path are outfitted with informational signs and observatories, and walkers can leisurely enjoy the natural beauty of the area.
  • Shinkawa Ravine
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    Kagoshima Pref. Kirishimashi Hayatochoukareigawa
    "This gorge is located in the Shukukubota area of Makizono-cho, Kirishima City. Situated along the Amori River, you can enjoy the geologically valuable nature of the Amori River basin from the colorful autumn leaves to the hollows called Giant's kettle which dot the bottom of the river. ""Shinkawa Keikoku Onsenkyo"" is along the valley, there are many small-scale hot spring facilities."
  • Ogawara Valley
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    Kagoshima Soo-shi Takarabecho Shimotakarabe
  • Otori Valley
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    Kagoshima Soo-shi Osumicho Tsukino
  • Sarugajokeikoku
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    Kagoshima Pref. Tarumizushi Tagami
  • Juso Valley
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagoshima Pref. Isashi Okuchikogihara
  • Takakuma Valley
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    Kagoshima Kanoya-shi Kamitakakumacho
  • Shichigodani
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagoshima Kumage-gun Yakushimacho
  • Ogawa Valley
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    Kagoshima Kimotsuki-gun Minamiosumicho
  • Yoshiharanotani
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    Kagoshima Kirishima-shi
  • Yabuntani
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    Kagoshima Soo-shi
  • Ohoradani
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    Kagoshima Satsuma-gun Satsumacho
  • Sakuradani
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    Kagoshima Soo-shi

Kagoshima Areas

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Over 100 active volcanoes across Kagoshima make it one of the Japan's most exciting prefectures. The prefectural capital, Kagoshima city, looks out to one of the prefecture’s most spectacular volcanoes, Sakurajima, an island of its own that can be visited and seen close up or admired from afar, with the promise of breathtaking sunsets complete with frequent puffs of smoke and ash. Down the Satsuma Peninsula, the most southerly part of mainland Japan, waterfalls, sand onsen, and fascinating history await, while Kagoshima's abundance of satsuma imo (sweet potato) provide a wholesome snack as well as one of Japan's favourite drinks - shochu.

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